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  February 10, 2003

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Archaeologist to Speak About Ancient Assyria

Peter Miglus of the University of Heidelberg will give a lecture on "The Last Days of Ashur, the Capital of Assyria," on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The lecture is part of the Beverly and Raymond Sackler Art and Archaeology Series.

Miglus is a specialist in the archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Since the mid-1980s, he has conducted excavations in Syria and Iraq. Author of four books and more than 40 articles on these sites, his most recent work focuses on the ancient royal city of Assur, the religious capital of Assyria for nearly one and a half millennia and a crucial archaeological site for the study of a key period in the history of human civilization. The site, near the Tigris River in Iraq, will soon be submerged by a proposed dam, designed to bring much-needed water to Iraqi farmers. Miglus will speak about his work to help salvage the site before it is flooded in 2007.

Miglus holds posts at several academic and research institutes in Germany, including the University of Munich, the Museum of Goettingen, and the Institute of Oriental Archaeology at the University of Halle.

Dr. Suniti Solomon, of YRGCARE, a medical and behavioral research center in Chennai, India, will present the fourth lecture in the CHIP/ISI International Colloquium Series on HIV Intervention and Prevention and Medical Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapies.

On Thursday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. she will give a talk entitled "YRGCARE: Shaping the response to HIV/AIDS in India" in Room 160 of the Bousfield Psychology Building.

Image: Dr. Sunti Solomon
Dr. Sunti Solomon

On Friday, Feb. 21 at noon, there will be an informal lunch discussion with Solomon in Room 162 of the Bousfield Psychology Building.

In 1986, Solomon and her colleagues documented the first evidence of HIV infection in India. She set up the first voluntary testing and counseling center and an AIDS Research Group in Chennai. In 1993, she founded YRGCARE, a non-profit institution that offers HIV and sexuality education for adolescents and young adults, voluntary counseling and testing services, and HIV clinic and inpatient services for people living with HIV. The center now provides health care for more than 4,500 people living with HIV, and voluntary counseling and testing services to nearly 14,000 clients.

Solomon's interests cover a range of HIV issues, both biological and social. She is interested in community education and mobilisation as well as bioethics governing research.

She is a member of the national technical team on women and AIDS, a member of the advisory board of the International AIDS Vaccination Initiative-India, a permanent member of the Microbicides Committee of the Indian Council of Medical Research, and a member of India's Country Coordinating Mechanism for the Global Fund on AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She is the India site principal investigator on two Indo-US collaborative projects: the National Institute of Mental Health's multi-country HIV/STD Prevention Trial; and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases' HIV Prevention Trial Networks.

The International lecture series is sponsored by the Institute for Social Inquiry and the Center for Health/HIV Intervention and Prevention at the University of Connecticut, and the Center for International Research on AIDS at Yale University.

To attend the lecture or the lunch, please contact Zoe Strickler at 860.486.5060.

Cort Willmott, a climatologist and professor of geography at the University of Delaware, will give a lecture on "Estimating Climate and Climatic Change from Lousy Weather-Station Networks" on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m., in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Willmott's innovative uses of explicitly spatial methods for estimating near-surface atmospheric processes where no direct measurements are available have advanced understanding of climate and climate change.

Willmott's research has been supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and others. He is a National Counselor of the Association of American Geographers, was a Distinguished Scholar of the Association in 2000, and has been director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis. He also has served on boards of the National Academy of Sciences.

The lecture is part of the Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment.

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